World’s Largest Cruise Ship Made Of Canned Goods Caps Off Carnival’s Holiday Food And Fund Drive

NEW ORLEANS – Carnival Cruise Line is capping off a holiday food and fund drive to benefit Second Harvest by donating 17,474 cans of food to construct the world’s largest cruise ship made of canned goods. The cans will ultimately provide more than 75,000 meals for those in need this holiday season.

         Volunteers from the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Second Harvest Food Bank will begin building the massive 10-foot high, 30-foot-long cruise ship – one can at a time – on Sunday, December 20, 2015, just outside Champions Square, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, on the corner of Sugar Bowl Drive and Poydras Street.

         The canned cruise ship will be completed on the afternoon of Monday, December 21, prior to the Saints’ match-up with the Detroit Lions on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST).

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         Volunteers will arrive at 10:00 a.m. to begin the process of unloading the more than 17,000 cans of food used to build the cruise ship. One hundred volunteers are expected to begin construction at approximately 12:00 p.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m.

         The 17,474 cans include cream style navy beans, cream style red beans, peas, carrots, navy bean bags, tomato meat sauce, tuna, black beans, evaporated milk and cranberry jellied sauce.

         Carnival is also sponsoring a six-week-long food drive in New Orleans-area schools which will feed thousands of additional families in South Louisiana. The schools that collect the most will be announced at halftime during the Saints vs. Lions game on Monday, Dec. 21.

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